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Selanne deciding on return next week; playing time a factor

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8/20/2013 10:07:19 AM
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Teemu Selanne will make a decision next week on whether or not he'll return to the Anaheim Ducks for another season.

Selanne, 43, has already met with Ducks general manager Bob Murray and both sides agreed to talk again soon.

"By next week, I know what I'm going to do," he told The Orange County Register on Monday.

The veteran right winger added that if he were to return, he would want to do so as a top-six player. "My point is, if they're better than I am, I am expecting and accepting a smaller role," he explained to The Register. "But if I'm better, I need to play more. I need to play top minutes. That's what I'm looking for.

"That's fair for everybody. To be honest, I've been playing a big role. I don't know if I'm ready to play 10-12 minutes a game. And that's what I want to make sure. If I play well, I get what I deserve. Sometimes it's not like that. So I want to make sure I'm treated the way I deserve."

Selanne had 12 goals and 24 points in 46 games for the Ducks last season. He also scored a goal and tallied three points in Anaheim's first-round loss to Detroit in the playoffs. He has spent 14 seasons of his 20-year NHL career with the Ducks, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2007.

Teemu Selanne (Photo: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
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